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Despite recession, development moves forward in San Leandro - Oakland Tribune

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Oakland Tribune
City hopes new projects will increase tax revenue
By Jason Sweeney
SAN LEANDRO — Economic activity has slowed around the country, but that doesn't mean big things aren't in the works in San Leandro.

"We're in an interesting situation in that there is a recession, but there are still a lot of projects going on in San Leandro," said Cynthia Battenberg, city business development manager. "There's actually a lot of exciting development going on."

Transit Workers Stage Mock Funeral

Transit FuneralOAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- A group of public transit advocates held a mock funeral this morning for services that have been lost because of budget cuts. 

The Transit Riders for Public Transportation sponsored the rally outside of Oakland City Hall. Members of the group want Congress to give local transit agencies greater flexibility on how they spend the money they receive from Washington.

AC Transit considers deep service cuts



AC Transit, which already is set to raise fares July 1, now is looking at slashing service by nearly 15 percent to help balance the books.

The proposed service cuts include eliminating some lines, truncating the routes of others and running some buses less frequently. The plan also calls for expanding some routes to fill in where other lines were dropped.

In all, the plan calls for cutting 905 hours of operations on weekdays and 458 on weekends. One bus running for one hour equals one hour of operation. The district now operates 6,700 hours of service on weekdays and 3,400 hours on weekends.

Brown Sues Pleasanton Over Housing Limit



Wednesday, June 24, 2009


(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
commute long distances, adding to the bumper-to-bumper traffic along
(Interstates) 580 and 680 and increasing dangerous air pollution," Brown

Some undocumented immigrants paying taxes, but nobody sure how many



PITTSBURG — Week after week before Tax Day, they arrived at H&R Block with bundles of paperwork bound by elastic bands.

They lived nearby. They worked nearby. They just happened to be illegal immigrants.

"You have some really hardworking folks who are just trying to buy into that American dream," said Rene Steele, who works at the Buchanan Road branch of the national tax preparing company. "I try to take a neutral stance and say, you know, they're paying taxes. Everybody's trying to contribute."

Among the Californians who filed their tax returns before Wednesday's deadline were an untold number of undocumented immigrants. No one knows for sure how many of the state's estimated 2.7 million illegal immigrants participate in the civic duty.

Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Organizational Profile

Mission Statement: 
APEN seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN believes that the environment includes everything around us: where we live, work and play. And we strive to build grassroots organizations that will improve the health, well-being and political strength of our communities.

Earth House Leadership Center: Organizational Profile

Mission Statement: 
The mission of Earth House, in Oakland, California, is to build healthy, just, and sustainable communities through education, training and multi-media communication tools.

Pleasanton General Plan Delayed again by Housing Cap Dispute

Atty. Gen. Brown, lawsuit contend cap blocks affordable units


Pleasanton Weekly Staff

Community and city leaders started updating the Pleasanton General Plan in 2003, a hoped-for three year process that is just now nearing completion and waiting for final approval by the Planning Commission and City Council within the next few weeks.

But now everyone may have to wait a bit longer. 

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